UMR Sonography Awareness Event

Posted at: 10/29/2013 6:34 PM
By: Katie Eldred

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- It's common knowledge that the health care industry is expected to grow especially here in Rochester with the plans for DMC.

What the up and coming students and professionals may not know is what jobs that includes. UMR is working to show students the options for careers in health care.

It's not hard to see that UMR Sonography Kristin Lowery gets a little excited her future career.

"Every anatomy is different, so you're constantly doing new things, having to learn and update yourself, and interact with patients," said Lowery.

As Lowery explained to UMR students Tuesday, sonography is the use of high frequency sound waves to produce visual images of organs, tissues, or blood flow inside the body also known as an ultra sound. She was hoping to get others excited about it as a career option. 

"People think medical they think doctors, nurses, or surgeons, but there are so many other supporting careers I think people really don't know about," said Lowery.

"We have a lot of other health professional programs and we collaborate with the Mayo Clinic here at UMR," said Program Director Holly Renn.

Renn says with the growth that industry is about to see it's important to find talent to fill those roles.

"There is going to be a 35 percent increase in jobs for sonographers, so we want to make sure we are attracting qualified students to our program," said Renn.

Part of the excitement for Kristin is the bright job market.

"They are great jobs," said Lowery.

She's happy show others what it takes to get to where she is.

"It's just so cool to be a part of that team that helps people to find out what's wrong, and hopefully cure whatever has brought them in," said Lowery.

If you are interested in a career in sonography the students will be out there again Wednesday on the third floor of University Square from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.